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"I have second thoughts. Maybe God is malicious.”
– Albert Einstein

"I have second thoughts. Maybe God is malicious.”

– Albert Einstein

Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, with words.

Saint Francis of Assisi

fastcodesign:

What Renaissance Art Would Look Like Sponsored By Nike

Bullshit. 

Most Renaissance art was sponsored by The Roman Catholic Church. It would have been at once more subtle and overt than this. More effective product placement, for one.

"I think we are judged by God as we live. I do not believe that there’s some reward or punishment in the afterlife. That seems an immature kind of spirituality. My two year old does good so he can get rewarded. That’s not how God works as I understand it.

I don’t believe there is a heaven and hell where people who believe what I believe get rewarded and those who don’t get punished. That’s not a very sophisticated spiritual belief in my view.

You are not the problem. The literalists are the problem. Literalism is an extremely new phenomenon. It can be traced to the end of the 19th century. The people who wrote and compiled the Gospels were NOT literalists. If they were they would not have canonized four gospels which contradict each other on numerous facts of Jesus’ life. THEY DID NOT CARE about those contradictions because they did not read the texts literally. neither should anyone else.

Religion is nothing but a signpost to God. If you believe there is something beyond the material, and if you want to commune with that ‘thing’ then it helps to have a set of symbols and metaphors to help you talk about it - both to yourself and to other people. That is ALL religion is supposed to be. A language of symbol and metaphors to help you make sense of something that is ineffable. I just happen to prefer the symbols and metaphors of Islam. That’s all.”

-Reza Aslan

"I think we are judged by God as we live. I do not believe that there’s some reward or punishment in the afterlife. That seems an immature kind of spirituality. My two year old does good so he can get rewarded. That’s not how God works as I understand it.

I don’t believe there is a heaven and hell where people who believe what I believe get rewarded and those who don’t get punished. That’s not a very sophisticated spiritual belief in my view.

You are not the problem. The literalists are the problem. Literalism is an extremely new phenomenon. It can be traced to the end of the 19th century. The people who wrote and compiled the Gospels were NOT literalists. If they were they would not have canonized four gospels which contradict each other on numerous facts of Jesus’ life. THEY DID NOT CARE about those contradictions because they did not read the texts literally. neither should anyone else.

Religion is nothing but a signpost to God. If you believe there is something beyond the material, and if you want to commune with that ‘thing’ then it helps to have a set of symbols and metaphors to help you talk about it - both to yourself and to other people. That is ALL religion is supposed to be. A language of symbol and metaphors to help you make sense of something that is ineffable. I just happen to prefer the symbols and metaphors of Islam. That’s all.”

-Reza Aslan

mirkwood:

Now imagine you’re an “objective” racist white scientist who decides to give a group of black men a STI and, instead of treating them for it, watch them slowly suffer from it so you can study it FOR SCIENCE.

Yes, Tuskeegee was JUST LIKE the Inquisition (1100-1800).

Now imagine you’re the white supremacist sexist medical establishment that denies women the right to get their tubes tied unless they already have loads of kids and require them to get their husband’s permission while at the same time forcibly sterilising legions of native and black women.

That’s because some sexes/races are inferior. No? If only there were a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge to disprove such a claim.

Now imagine you’re an “objective” racist psychologist who decides that slaves wanting to escape is a psychological disorder called “drapetomania” and the “cure” for that is lashings and cutting off toes.

You can do much, much better. You can find some evil bastards who were doing actual science. For that matter, highlight Oppenheimer.

Now imagine that you’re the “objective” and “scientific” medical establishment that deems queerness a disorder and decides that electroshock treatments or lobotomies are the effective solution or feels the need to “intervene” by surgically altering the bodies of intersex infants to fit your perceptions of what genitalia should look like.

And the sins of pseudo- and unethical science ARE ON PAR with the Catholic Church’s millennia-long record on matters LGBT.

Religion has done a lot of fucked up shit. 

GO ON.

But I’m sick and tired of people acting like SCIENCE hasn’t been involved in wars, death, and genocide either.

And one time Thag used flame to start fire in cave! Me sick of Thag saying flame better than Sky Father!

And it’s the assumptive bullshit notion that ALL religions are somehow stupid

It’s the polar opposite of “assumptive” if we can agree on what constitutes “bullshit.”

and not worth your consideration that perpetuates this colonialist bullshit approach that white people have now upon Native and other individuals when tribes fight for the right to their sacred lands of, “Oh you’re religion is just hooey!” 

 You’re not talking about science. You’re not even talking about religion. You’re talking about politics.

First they “civilised” us with religion and now it’s science and repatriation. Stealing native lands and native artifacts and native bodies FOR SCIENCE so you can profit off of them.

I missed the part where Marie Curie gives the natives smallpox blankets.

If you’re going to lay in on the death religion causes, IMO you better realize that there’s a difference between the bastion of white supremacist cisheteropatriarchy that is modern Christianity and other religions which have little in the way of social power in comparison.

DULY REALIZED. And there’s a difference between ebola and strep throat. But as much FUN as they are, we’d prefer to keep BOTH the Jehovah AND gem crystals away from the kids, because both tend to produce poor outcomes.

AND you better recognize that science can be just another extention of white supremacist cisheteropartiarchy too and FURTHER the goals of that power structure rather than being as “objective” as they claim and countering it.

Yeah, the Establishment’s a real bitch(!) amirite? The struggle for cultural competency continues apace.

Haha. Imagine that.
Also, Ricky Gervais is a jerk.

A jerk using satire to advance atheism, not the ethical lapses of BIG SCIENCE. But don’t let us stand between you and that red herring.

mirkwood:

Now imagine you’re an “objective” racist white scientist who decides to give a group of black men a STI and, instead of treating them for it, watch them slowly suffer from it so you can study it FOR SCIENCE.

Yes, Tuskeegee was JUST LIKE the Inquisition (1100-1800).

Now imagine you’re the white supremacist sexist medical establishment that denies women the right to get their tubes tied unless they already have loads of kids and require them to get their husband’s permission while at the same time forcibly sterilising legions of native and black women.

That’s because some sexes/races are inferior. No? If only there were a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge to disprove such a claim.

Now imagine you’re an “objective” racist psychologist who decides that slaves wanting to escape is a psychological disorder called “drapetomania” and the “cure” for that is lashings and cutting off toes.

You can do much, much better. You can find some evil bastards who were doing actual science. For that matter, highlight Oppenheimer.

Now imagine that you’re the “objective” and “scientific” medical establishment that deems queerness a disorder and decides that electroshock treatments or lobotomies are the effective solution or feels the need to “intervene” by surgically altering the bodies of intersex infants to fit your perceptions of what genitalia should look like.

And the sins of pseudo- and unethical science ARE ON PAR with the Catholic Church’s millennia-long record on matters LGBT.

Religion has done a lot of fucked up shit.

GO ON.

But I’m sick and tired of people acting like SCIENCE hasn’t been involved in wars, death, and genocide either.

And one time Thag used flame to start fire in cave! Me sick of Thag saying flame better than Sky Father!

And it’s the assumptive bullshit notion that ALL religions are somehow stupid

It’s the polar opposite of “assumptive” if we can agree on what constitutes “bullshit.”

and not worth your consideration that perpetuates this colonialist bullshit approach that white people have now upon Native and other individuals when tribes fight for the right to their sacred lands of, “Oh you’re religion is just hooey!”

You’re not talking about science. You’re not even talking about religion. You’re talking about politics.

First they “civilised” us with religion and now it’s science and repatriation. Stealing native lands and native artifacts and native bodies FOR SCIENCE so you can profit off of them.

I missed the part where Marie Curie gives the natives smallpox blankets.

If you’re going to lay in on the death religion causes, IMO you better realize that there’s a difference between the bastion of white supremacist cisheteropatriarchy that is modern Christianity and other religions which have little in the way of social power in comparison.

DULY REALIZED. And there’s a difference between ebola and strep throat. But as much FUN as they are, we’d prefer to keep BOTH the Jehovah AND gem crystals away from the kids, because both tend to produce poor outcomes.

AND you better recognize that science can be just another extention of white supremacist cisheteropartiarchy too and FURTHER the goals of that power structure rather than being as “objective” as they claim and countering it.

Yeah, the Establishment’s a real bitch(!) amirite? The struggle for cultural competency continues apace.

Haha. Imagine that.

Also, Ricky Gervais is a jerk.

A jerk using satire to advance atheism, not the ethical lapses of BIG SCIENCE. But don’t let us stand between you and that red herring.

“They get so religiously extreme that they deny reality. They’re like, ‘Gay doesn’t exist. You don’t see gay in the natural world.’ You know what I don’t see as much in the natural world? Angels—those are half-human, half-bird creatures, everybody. The devil is half-man, half-goat. 
I’ve seen more gays, is all I’m saying.”
—Myq Kaplan

They get so religiously extreme that they deny reality. They’re like, ‘Gay doesn’t exist. You don’t see gay in the natural world.’ You know what I don’t see as much in the natural world? Angels—those are half-human, half-bird creatures, everybody. The devil is half-man, half-goat.

I’ve seen more gays, is all I’m saying.

—Myq Kaplan

skepticalavenger:

The more I read about Mother Teresa, the more I think her mind fractured when she couldn’t handle the cognitive dissonance between what her faith was telling her and what reality was telling her.
(Source)

skepticalavenger:

The more I read about Mother Teresa, the more I think her mind fractured when she couldn’t handle the cognitive dissonance between what her faith was telling her and what reality was telling her.

(Source)

Children make their way to the St Patrick’s Day parade during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Limerick, Ireland, Sunday, March 17, 2013. 
Most Irish image ever. Contest over. Shut it down. We’re done.

Children make their way to the St Patrick’s Day parade during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Limerick, Ireland, Sunday, March 17, 2013. 

Most Irish image ever. Contest over. Shut it down. We’re done.

antheabutler:

The surprise of Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina as the new Pope, Pope Francis, is matched by the order he comes from—The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits … Bergoglio was Pope Benedict’s only real rival in the last Conclave of 2005, receiving 40 votes …
What is most interesting however, is that the Cardinals have chosen from a member of the Jesuits for pope. The leader of the Jesuits, the General, has often been referred to as “the Black Pope”. Now, both the seat of Peter, the White Pope, and the Black Pope are both Jesuits. Let the conspiracy theories begin.
The choice of Pope Francis I then, is a complicated one for the church, and for the world. While it has annoyed many non-Catholics to put up with this news all week, the fact is, its not just an election of a religious figure, but a political one. After all, the pope may be the Bishop of Rome, but he also runs Vatican City, a city state.

antheabutler:

The surprise of Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina as the new Pope, Pope Francis, is matched by the order he comes from—The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits … Bergoglio was Pope Benedict’s only real rival in the last Conclave of 2005, receiving 40 votes …

What is most interesting however, is that the Cardinals have chosen from a member of the Jesuits for pope. The leader of the Jesuits, the General, has often been referred to as “the Black Pope”. Now, both the seat of Peter, the White Pope, and the Black Pope are both Jesuits. Let the conspiracy theories begin.

The choice of Pope Francis I then, is a complicated one for the church, and for the world. While it has annoyed many non-Catholics to put up with this news all week, the fact is, its not just an election of a religious figure, but a political one. After all, the pope may be the Bishop of Rome, but he also runs Vatican City, a city state.